I've been continuing to see stories about, and to have discussions about, President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. It certainly hit a nerve with a lot of people. I shared a few thoughts last week. A good friend helped me see why more people were offended, something I missed before. Plus, even as … Continue reading Thoughts on How We Talk About Religion, Specifically Christianity and Islam
In my twenties I read a lot of books. I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like. Over time I began to notice some authors were referenced in numerous books I was reading. Now in my thirties, it … Continue reading After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (Review)
Would you drink a bottle of wine if there was a drop of urine in it? Why do we tend to assume that a tiny amount of impurity taints a huge amount of purity? Is there a deeper meaning to this "disgust" that we experience? Where does it come from? These are some of the … Continue reading Unclean by Richard Beck (Review)
There is a memorable scene early in the classic book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, during which Arthur Dent is told that his house is to be demolished to make way for a freeway. Arthur is upset, though he is told the plans have been on file for quite a while had he wanted … Continue reading God or Godless: Review
Emily and I don't watch that much television. Without any sort of cable tv or antennae, we limit ourselves to whatever is available on Netflix as well as a few shows on Hulu (The Office and 30 Rock). Last spring when we were looking for something to watch on Netflix I noticed The Walking Dead. … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Our New Obsession
I've been slowly blogging through David Kinnaman's book You Lost Me which analyzes the reasons why so many young people either wander away from faith completely, put faith on hold for a time, or feel disconnected to faith while still being in the church. One of the reasons given is that Christian faith is shallow. … Continue reading Moral Therapeutic Deism – You Lost Me (A Sidebar)
Is something good because God says so? Or does God say something good because it is? This is a common question asked by all sorts of people. I have had discussions about it on campus with students and driving in the car with friends. If you say the second one is true then you are … Continue reading A Typical Question about “Good” (Listening to the Saints – Aquinas)
I recently picked up "New Atheist" Sam Harris' latest book, The Moral Landscape. As I read itI wondered if Sam Harris would be good to have as a neighbor. He is a strong believer in objective morality. Many Christians believe that atheists are all terrible people with no morals. Sam Harris shows that this stereotype … Continue reading The Moral Landscape
I just finished a book called Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism by Merold Westphal. The author argues that rather than simply seeking to refute the atheistic criticisms of religion of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche, Christians should realize that much of what they say may ring true. If we know our scripture, … Continue reading When Atheists sound like Prophets…and Jesus?
Last fall CSF had a "Human-Trafficking Awareness Day" during which we sold t-shirts, handed out information about modern-day slavery, and at night had a guest speaker who has worked with a group in Cambodia to save women from slavery. From this CSF ended up partnering with the Step Dance Team for a benefit show, all … Continue reading What Motivates?